Carvalho's Journey

About The Film

Saddle up for a true adventure on the Western Frontier in CARVALHO’S JOURNEY, the unprecedented 19th century expedition of a Jewish-American pathfinder and artist.

The son of a Sephardic family of Portuguese descent, portrait artist and photographer Solomon Nunes Carvalho never imagined himself an explorer. When expeditioner John Frémont set out through the Rockies to find a transcontinental railroad route, he recruited Carvalho to document the trek using daguerreotyping, an early form of photography that captured images on a silver-coated plate. Despite his inexperience with such grueling conditions, Carvalho covered 2,400 miles of treacherous terrain to become the first professional photographer to capture the panoramas of the American West. Daily journal entries (voiced by Golden Globe nominee Michael Stuhlbarg of A Serious Man) provide a dramatic first-person account of Carvalho’s near-death experiences, as well as encounters with Native Americans and Mormon leader Brigham Young. Throughout, Carvalho demonstrates devotion to his family and Jewish faith, even as he is a stranger in an unknown land.

Engrossing scholarly interviews and stunning Western landscapes bring to life this little-known Jewish pioneer who was instrumental in America’s expansion.

Film Details

Running Time 
85 minutes
Viewing Region 
Atlanta Premiere